Today was a lovely and blessed day!
The Louisville Latin Mass community was blessed today to have Fr. Jason P. Stone celebrate a Solemn High Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church today. Father Stone celebrated the Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, and gave a really good sermon. Fr. Stone talked about the Gospel reading today in the ancient rite (see below for the Gospel) and, as surprising as it might be, talked about vocations. He put it far, far better than what I can summarize, but essentially it boiled down to this:
St. John Bosco was of the opinion that 1 in 6 young men/boys were called to the priesthood. As such, we should carefully and prayerfully consider our vocations, and not be afraid to embrace and accept them. We ought not to tell God what we have planned for our lives, but rather seek what He has planned. Jesus “doubled down” with St. Peter, and He had “doubled down” with Fr. Stone. We ought not be afraid when Christ asks us to follow Him and be fishers of men.
It was also great just being able to attend the Solemn High Mass, the standard by which liturgy ought to be compared and conducted (the Low Mass and Missa Cantata are merely reductions and concessions from the SHM). The SHM has seen a reduction in practice and celebration in this post-conciliar world, a world. However, Louisville is blessed to have Fr Beach, pastor of St. Martin of Tours, and a few other clerics willing to pitch in and get the occasional SHM offered. I can’t think of anything more beautiful, except maybe the fullness of the Roman Rite, the Pontifical Solemn Mass (or y’know, maybe the Dominican Rite….). But the PSM won’t happen for quite some time, at least in this Archdiocese. Brick by brick, though, I suppose, as one famous blogger writes!
Anyways, Juventutem Louisville held a reception, and my wonderful girlfriend Beth had set everything up in a very lovely fashion. And it wouldn’t have gone on without her help, so many thanks to her! We had about 20-35 people attend, which was good, considering the last-minute notice we had and the amazing advertising signs (handwritten by me and taped near the church doors!). But, for an event put on by two people, it was pretty wonderful. I won’t complain. People walked away happy, so I won’t complain! Plus, it was nice to show appreciation for Fr. Stone, especially because he helped Juventutem Louisville out last year at Sung Vespers and at the Solemn High Mass with Fr. Zuhlsdorf.
That’s all for now!
St Louis Bertrand, ora pro nobis!
4th Sunday after Pentecost’s Gospel:
At that time, while the crowds were pressing upon Jesus to hear the word of God, He was standing by Lake Genesareth. And He saw two boats moored by the lake, but the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. And getting into one of the boats, the one that was Simon’s. He asked him to put out a little from the land. And sitting down, He began to teach the crowds from the boat. But when He had ceased speaking, He said to Simon, Put out into the deep, and lower your nets for a catch. And Simon answered and said to Him, Master, the whole night through we have toiled and have taken nothing; but at Your word I will lower the net. And when they had done so, they enclosed a great number of fishes, but their net was breaking. And they beckoned to their comrades in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. But when Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord. For he and all who were with him were amazed at the catch of fish they had made; and so were also James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. And Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid; henceforth you shall catch men. And when they had brought their boats to land, they left all and followed Him.